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2015 Year in Review/ Comment

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Submitted by the Mahogany Coconut Group 2015 year In Review/Comment “Within the region, our strongest economy, Trinidad and Tobago, appears to be facing unexpected challenges because of falling oil prices. This reality has forced the Central Bank to review growth predictions downward. Coupled with widespread state corruption and an election that will reveal the ugliest use of the dollar bill to buy votes; it is sadly obvious that T and T seems set for more malfeasance and stupidity in its governance.  In Guyana the President has created a constitutional crisis by attempting to run the country while ignoring parliament, for his glaringly nefarious political objectives. We are aware and have warned that the longer race continues to dominate Guyana’s politics, the longer it would take for this potentially great country to confront and eradicate its socio-economic problems.” (Mahogany Coconut Group 12/28/14
As we look back on 2015, we are convinced that the change…

OF CARIBBEAN NOTE 2015

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Of Caribbean Note 2015: West Indies Women Cricket Team: While our boys struggle our women keep our cricket flag flying high
Road Tennis: This indigenous Barbadian sport is about to take off and has been growing in leaps and bounds Dr. Keith Rowley: Rose from the political ashes of a few years ago and is now Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Barbados Underground, BU: Has earned the right to be considered one of the foremost voices of Caribbean Democracy The Mighty People of The Cooperative Republic of Guyana: Rapidly accelerating the Development of their country while fending off the selfish ambitions of Venezuela’s claim to their territorial rights Classic (William Waithe): the Barbados Calypso King 2015 demonstrated that love for the art form and patience have their rewards
Dr. Ralph Gonzalves  : Four consecutive terms as Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines All Honest Law Enforcement  Workers throughout The Caribbean: Gallantly fighting crime some…

St.Vincent and Grenadines Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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Our final Caribbean Holidays Recipe. Enjoy !




St. Vincent & The Grenadines: Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
INGREDIENTS: 2 lbs. Sweet Potatoes (2 large)
Vegetable oil
4 rashers of bacon
½ cup of any cooked diced meat
½ cup Whole Kernel Corn
1 medium onion
1 tbs.. margarine
Salt and pepper to taste METHOD: Scrub potatoes well. Dry and brush with oil, place on a baking sheet and cook at 400 F for 1 ½ hours until done. Fry bacon and onion until bacon is crisp and onion is transparent. Remove potatoes from oven, cut each in half and scoop out the flesh. Chop roughly, add butter, corn, seasoning and bacon mixture. Mix well. Spoon mixture back into the potato shells. Reheat in the oven for 10-15 min.
Some other Caribbean Holidays  Treats:

White Barbadian Mogul Calls Black Workers Lazy Laggards

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Submitted by William Skinner: Open letter to: Sir Charles Williams In the eyes of many Barbadians, you are an example of hard work and tenacity. I am also aware that you have extended many acts of charity to the lesser fortunate. Many of your employees have spoken very positively of your labor practices. In very simple terms, you have put food on the table for a large number of families. This food was not given; it was earned as it should be. I met you once, when I was in the company of my cousin and dearest friend, David “Joey” Harper. I recall you telling us that the rather aged Mercedes was a bit heavy on gas. My first impression was that you were a very down to earth individual and that success had not made you lose the common touch. I am certain that since that meeting a few decades ago,  your wealth has increased a thousand times. However, as a Black Barbadian, that positive impression of you has now disappeared forever. Your recent outburst and the langu…

Recipe: Bajan (Barbados) Jug Jug.

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We continue our holidays recipes with the Bajan (Barbados) jug jug a traditional Christmas dish. It's a real old time favorite. Enjoy!
Please see the link at the end/bott


Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 1/4 hours
Serves: 6
Country: Barbados INGREDIENTS: 250 gramspork    250 gramsbeef    2 litreswater    1 wholehot pepper    500 gramspigeon peas    1 Tbs.thyme    1 Tbs.parsley    1 Tbs.chives    1 mediumonion    125 gramsguinea corn    70 gramsbutterMETHOD / DIRECTIONS: 1.Cut up meat, chop thyme, parsley and chives.2.Cook pork for 20 minutes then add beef, season with salt if fresh meat is used. Add pepper, peas and cook for 30 minutes or until peas is soft. Strain and reserve stock.3.Mince meat finely. Add peas and pound in a mortar or put in an electric blender.4.In a pot, add thyme, parsley, chives and onion to reserved liquid and boil for 5 minutes. Add guinea corn slowly and stir briskly for 10 minutes.5.Add meat and peas puree to pot and cook…

Barbados One Party State : Political Parties DLP/BLP In Breeding

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Submitted by William Skinner Those who are not blinded by party loyalty to either the Democratic Labour Party or the Barbados Labour Party would have noticed some rather fancy political foot work, over the last couple of weeks. It seems that our struggling Minister of Finance, Mr. Chris Sinckler, is finding more common ground with our former  Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mr. Owen Arthur. These two gentlemen have similar problems. Sinckler’s legacy will be that he failed on any and every occasion to get the economy moving in a positive direction. And we are slowly discovering that Athur’s much praised stewardship of the economy, during his three terms, is now almost demolished, by the revelations that many of the problems we have, were left unsolved. Both of them are being considered as outstanding failures.  Mr. David Commissiong, who was once in Mr. Arthur’s choir, has now determined that Arthur is a spent force; a colossal nuisance, who did littl…

Transgender Woman Facing Deportation Can Stay in Bronx to Avoid Torture

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                Kim Watson                
by James Fanelli   December 7,2015




Nam-myoho-renge-kyo,” she whispered. She recited the prayer over and over again until her lawyer, Rehan Nazrali, returned from meeting a federal judge and an assistant chief counsel from theDepartment of Homeland Security. Then Nazrali gave Watson news that provided even more peace of mind than repeating those mystical words. She could stay in the country, he said. “It was a wild moment,” Watson recalled. “I felt joyful and grateful. I really appreciated that the judge would allow me to stay with my family.” Watson, a 52-year-old transgender woman who has become a heralded champion and unrelenting advocate of the LGBT community in the Bronx, had been facing deportation to her homeland, Barbados. During the past three years, she had been fighting her removal from the United States — and from her husband and daughter. While tourists view the Caribbean island nation as a breathtak…

Oh Hell No, Mr Trudeau !

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"But something is missing from this cabinet, from this reflection of the Canada of 2015. There are no people that look like me or my children or my grandchildren, despite there being at least six Liberal caucus members with Caribbean and African immigrant backgrounds. Once again, blacks and blackness are invisible. It is as if there is no black in Canada. Maybe despite all its diversity Canada in 2015 is still a white man’s country, where as in time of old all eligible and desirable non-whites and males have been co-opted into whiteness. Just like the Italians, Greeks, Ukrainians, Afghans, etc. that are now all white Canadians. Diversity through assimilation. And as has always been the case, the one unassimilable group – primary because of the colour of skin and the historic outsider status – is blacks. And this is at a time when south of the border there is a black president. Maybe it is true that Canadian and U.S. cultures and politics are fundamental…

Ken Lazarus: Some Nostalgia

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Independence Day Cultural Tribute To Barbados

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Today, Monday November 30th.,  Barbados celebrates 49 years of  Independence.  We wish Barbados all the best in the future. We decided to highlight the calypso/ comedy group MADD. This group more than any other current entertainment act, uses the bajan(Barbadian) dialect to effectively get its message and music across to its audience. In this piece , MADD puts a comic view on a relationship gone wrong. One of the hurt parties calls the then popular radio call in program Heart Break hotel putting his case to the program's host, Patrick Gollop. Enjoy !







Dr. Rowley is Right on Housing Policy

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The Mahogany Coconut Group, is in full support of Dr.Keith Rowley, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, who has stated that his government will no longer, extend its subsidized housing program to those earning more than 25,000 TT per month. It is high time that government subsidies, in all sectors and areas be focused on those who can least afford to look after themselves. We have long posited that the so-called middle class in the region is hard to define and is often identified by class rather than earnings. This is a sorry relic of our colonial past when a teacher earning less than a self employed motor mechanic, would be considered middle class . It was more professional class than the pay packet. However, in the case of Trinidad ,we are more than convinced that the housing program of the last UNC administration ,was nothing more than an attempt to buy votes. We are further convinced that the full import of the corruption of the United National Cong…

This is what the Caribbean is competing with....

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Our politicians and industry leaders, are usually heard blowing hot air and utilizing cliches to bolster their standing and  insatiable egos. We just thought it would be instructive, to show what we are really competing with, as we make our mark on the world stage:









Black Skin Issues In Barbados and The Caribbean

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Kindly  view an informative video about skin color in Barbados from the  Toni Thorne Show . The show also looks at the Islam community in Barbados. Trevor Marshall, leading Barbadian and Caribbean historian, is one of the guests .


Compliments of The Toni Thorne Show.



Guyana : Pepperpot Recipe

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We continue our Caribbean Holiday recipes  with pepperpot from Guyana. Enjoy !             

Guyana is also known for it waterfalls and natural habitats.


The largest ethnic group is the Indo-Guyanese (also known as East Indians), the descendants of indentured labourers from India, who make up 43.4% of the population, according to the 2002 census. They are followed by the Afro-Guyanese, the descendants of slaves from Africa, who constitute 30.2%.


Please view video of Guyana Pepperpot recipe compliments Caribbean Pot



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Former Prime Minister James Mitchell Opposes Reparations

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 Submitted by The Mahogany Coconut Group “What we should be concentrating on, is how we get the industrial developed countries to spend more money on us. We have to learn to forget about the words slavery.”  Sir. James Mitchell former Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, addressing the 39th. United Workers Party Convention (UWP) Sunday, November 15th. 2015
Sir. James Mitchell, former Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, quoted above, also dismissed efforts to obtain reparations as “stupid”. This is easily the most venomous opposition to the reparations movement to date and it sends a clear message, that there are many prominent leaders and citizens in the region, who believe that seeking reparations is a complete waste of time. Sir James was once considered one of the more progressive leaders in the Caribbean and was highly respected as one, who brought some measure of creativity and clarity to the political process. We are therefore…

Welcome Back Coach Simmons, Get off the field President Camron!

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We at MCG were convinced from the very beginning of this fiasco with the West Indies Cricket Board and coach Phil Simmons that the Board would have to eat humble pie and reinstate him. We went so far as to suggest that the Board reinstated Simmons and be “fired”. The decision to reinstate Simmons so quickly after his dismissal is a clear sign that Mr. Simmons’ Breach of protocol did not merit such a severe action. Furthermore, the same two players that Simmons said should have been included in the team to Sri Lanka were eventually selected. In other words Simmons’ judgment was correct in the first place! We in the Caribbean are slowly but surely allowing misfits to chart our course and they are leading us into the land of tomfoolery. The WICB has made monumental errors and has consistently proven that it is neither capable of managing nor resuscitating our cricketing fortunes. We are convinced that it is also the poorest regional organization within CARICOM.…

Woman Violently Beaten By Trinidadian Man

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Trinidadian Man violently assaults woman and is caught on camera.
Here we have a woman being violently assaulted by a man (criminal), who in our opinion, should be put in prison for at least twenty five years. No more needs to be said. The accompanying video is evidence enough.  Use the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/videos/10153742492127996/



STOP THE VIOLENCE AGAINST OUR WOMEN , CHILDREN AND ELDERLY !!!!!!!


Caribbean Christmas Recipes: Ham

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MCG  will be sharing a number of Caribbean Holiday recipes with our readers. Kindly use the link below, try the recipe and enjoy !





Christmas ham is a must in just about every pork eating home in the Caribbean. There are many who choose not to dine in the swine, but I refuse to be prejudice against this wonderful meat, so you know I had to share this wicked recipe. I fondly recall the ham sandwiches our mom would have ready for us at breakfast on Christmas morning as she had other delectable goodies going in the oven and stove. Speaking about ham, don’t forget to check out the chow chow recipe I shared a few days back.





http://caribbeanpot.com/caribbean-christmas-ham/



Compliments Caribbean Pot.

Ben Carson Is Terrible for Black Americans

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Ben Carson Is Terrible for Black AmericansBy Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, TIME 05 November 15 Is he a success story? Yes. Would his presidency be an unmitigated disaster? Yes
ow that Ben Carson is the leading GOP candidate, the doctor is under a lot more pressure, not just as a candidate, but as a representative of African Americans. The lifelong burden of a minority is that they feel as if everything they do or say reflects not just on their own character, but also on how the rest of their group will be judged by the ruling majority. Jon Stewart satirized this truth on The Daily Show with “Is This Good for the Jews?” in which he assessed how news about prominent Jewish people reflected on all Jews. Would President Ben Carson be good for African Americans? Ben Carson is good for African Americans in that he is a deeply moral man who has done much good as a physician and now wants to upsize his good-doing on a national and global scale. His success story is the stuff th…